Walking Rocks?

Query: When I was in Death Valley earlier this year, I saw some enormous 750-pound rocks that appear to travel across the desert on their own. I remembered your article about rock tortoises, and wondered if that’s what these rocks could be?

Corn of Plenty (Part 4 of 4): A Field Guide by Dr. Midas Welby

Corns of the Air: Air-corns utilize their horns for jousting, playing tic-tac-toe, and spearing food in mid-flight. Air-corns often lurk undetected in trees, wood piles, and rain gutters. When bored, they use their horns to ring the doorbells of unsuspecting humans. When the door begins to open, the air-corn flies away.


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A Present For Imaginaries: When winter comes, I get concerned about providing extra shelter from the elements for Imaginaries. Recently, I read about people who build wildlife brush shelters out of branches and plants in their yards, and thought this was a great idea.

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Tree Guardians

Are There Imaginary Trees? No study of trees (dendrology) would be complete without considering the role of tree guardians in the history of Imaginaries.

Some Imaginaries guard the trees because they want to protect their homes, and their homes happen to be in the trees. The agropelter is one of these (see Have You Seen).

Other tree guardians do so because that is their purpose in life. The barkles, twiggets and nugs are in this category (see Sightings). The noblest act that one of these tiny snarks can perform in its short life is to sacrifice itself for its tree.

We’ve also talked at this site about the huldufolk tree guardians, such as the Nagumwasuck (see Archives), and the role we humans play in protecting our forests from harm.

But how about the trees themselves? Among their kind, are there certain trees that take on the role of protecting the other trees?

We at Iranigami believe that this may be so. The collected history of Iranigami supports the idea that some trees exhibit extraordinary behaviors, such as walking and talking, that are outside of the realm of normal “tree-ness.”

Early references to trees that talk have been cited in writings from ancient Greece, India, Ethiopia, Ireland, and Wales. That raises the question – if trees can choose to talk to humans on occasion, isn’t it possible that they may communicate with each other, and more frequently than they talk to us?

As for walking trees, we can find references in legends from every inhabited continent hinting at their existence. The walking palm (Socratea exorrhiza), a well-documented tree that grows in Central America, is able to migrate from place to place by growing its roots out in the direction it wishes to travel. The tribe of giant saguaro of Arizona and Mexico, although not individually mobile, has been collectively observed migrating southward over the last 100. If these behaviors can be observed in the vegetation we can see, what might be happening in the depths of jungles and mountains that are still beyond the reach of daily human contact?

We have named certain creatures Imaginaries because they have set themselves apart from “ordinary” creatures by their unusual behaviors. Could it be that just as there are Imaginary animals, there might also be Imaginary trees and plants?

For the dendrologists among you, this may be a fascinating area of study, and I encourage anyone interested in the topic to contact us here at the website with your observations on this subject. – GWYNEACH, Iranigami Annalist (U.K.)


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